When I was searching for examples of Modern Lace, I happened upon the magical work of sculptor Cal Lane. Her steel lace pieces are thought-provoking, surprising, and completely covetable…I've quickly fallen hard for Cal Lane's work. She makes steel-lace I-beams and rolls lacy tires in powdered sugar, for goodness sake! Her pieces are wonderfully accessible, but reading her Artist Statement added levels of understanding and admiration. I would love to see her sculptures in person, but what I really want is to strut into the garden, lace shovel in hand. Ideally, my farmer grandfather would be there, so I could see the look on his face. What? It's my lace shovel.
It reminds me, in a way, of the gorgeous Orion Long Handled Spade from Terrain. Handmade by Austria's PKS of lime wood and bronze, this spade will probably outlast and out-perform more rugged-looking spades. But let's face it: it's prettier and more expensive than all my jewelry put together. I need it, if only to make my grandpa laugh.
(Images: Cal Lane)